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Players of the Week – Summer Series at Oyster Reef

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. –  The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) started off their Summer Series this week with an exciting two-round tournament at the challenging Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. This Rees Jones design course is testing enough with tough greens and narrow fairways. Go ahead and throw severe humidity and a few pop-up thunderstorms into the mix, and this surely made for an even more testing event. However, Phubodi Sirisilp of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were able to battle all elements and earn themselves Player of the Week honors.

Sirisilp was participating in his first Summer Series tournament with the IJGT, concluding the first round at a 9-over-par 81, only one shot back from leader Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan. Even still, this is not exactly where Sirisilp wanted to be, but knew that with some extra practice on the putting green he could make a run in the final round, ultimately hoping for victory Wednesday. The extra practice helped—Sirisilp was able to string together 12 pars and an impressive birdie on No. 5 en route to a final-round score of 5-over-par 77, a 158 total tournament score, and a tie for first place with fellow competitor Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia. Although Sirisilp played exceptionally well, Hui ultimately came out victorious in the playoff. However, Sirisilp’s outstanding course performance, with the ability to withstand the different elements thrown at him is impressive. We congratulate Sirisilp on his exceptional performance in his first ever IJGT Event, and look forward to seeing him in future tournaments to come.

In the Girls Division, Kozak was also just behind leader Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan going into round two. Kozak spent quite a bit of time on the range warming up to prepare for her final round, and with good reason. Being only 14-years-old and hitting the ball well past her fellow competitors was an advantage to Kozak. Her determination and focus to get up and down around the greens, as well as her focus on putting helped. 10 pars and a fantastic birdie on No. 17 allowed Kozak to shoot a 7-over-par 79, a ten stroke improvement from Tuesday. Kozak’s performance earned her second place at Oyster Reef, with a total tournament score of 168. Kayla will be attending the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) as a freshman this fall, and will become a regular smiling face on the course for the IJGT. We look forward to seeing her at future tournaments.

Final Results from the Summer Series at Oyster Reef GC

Hui holds on during playoff

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) began its 2013 Summer Series at the beautiful Oyster Reef Golf Club, a Rees Jones design course with tough greens, narrow fairways, and spectacular views of the sound. Juniors endured numerous weather conditions throughout the weekend, with high temperatures and severe humidity during the first round, to cooler temperatures and a 30-minute weather delay due to some severe thunderstorms during the final round. This is a great event for those who regularly participate on our IJGT Southeast Tour, since Oyster Reef is a course regularly gone back to each season.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, had a tough start to the tournament on Tuesday with a triple bogey on No. 1, but managed to bounce back with six pars and one birdie on the back nine, shooting a 9-over-par 81, leaving him only one shot back from leader Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan. Going into the final round, Hui’s nerves from the previous day got to him again, leaving him with a bogey on the first hole. However, Hui knew confidence would help him take control of his front nine, which he did—a birdie on No. 2 and seven straight pars rounded out the nine. With two birdies and 11 pars on the day, Hui shot a 5-over-par 77 for the final round, and a 158 overall total score.
Phubodi Sirisilp of Hilton Head Island, S.C., also had a similar round to Hui, finishing the first round one shot back behind the leader with a 9-over-par 81. Sirisilp spent quite a bit of time on the putting green after the round, determined to stay consistent and fight for a comeback on Wednesday. Sirisilp’s practice paid off, making 12 pars throughout the second round, with eight of them being on the back nine. Sirisilp’s identical round of 5-over-par 77 to Hui’s, and final tournament score of 158 resulted in a playoff between Sirisilp and Hui, leaving Hui victorious after just one hole.
Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division were Okada and Elliot Johnson of Bluffton, S.C., who recorded tournament totals of 159.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, there was no question as to who would walk away with first and second place. Zachary Diaz of Mobile, Ala., won the tournament after outlasting fellow competitor Patrick Kridaratikorn of Lexington, Mass. This was Diaz’s first IJGT victory.
In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, had a rough start to her round, shooting a score of 8-over-par 44 on the front nine while battling the difficult heat. Tadokoro’s persistence kept her in the game, coming back and shooting seven strokes better on the back nine, rounding out her day with a 9-over-par 81. Going into the final round, Tadokoro knew she needed to stay consistent. Her strong mental game helped her stay focused during difficult shots, allowing her to get up and down around the greens to save par.
Kayla Kozak of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., also took focus going into the second round. Being eight shots back of Tadokoro with only two birdies after round one, Kozak focused her efforts on putting, which gave big results. Kozak made 10 pars throughout the round and a birdie on No. 17 allowing her to shoot a 7-over par 79, a ten stroke improvement from Tuesday. However, it just was not enough. A steady game and consistency throughout the weekend allowed Tadokoro to come out victorious. This was her first IJGT victory.
Kozak took home second place and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan took third place.
The KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players who shoot the lowest score in the first round of every IJGT Event, was won by Okada with a score of 8-over-par 80, and Tadokoro with her score of 9-over-par 81.
The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which is presented to the players who shoot the lowest score in the second round of every IJGT Event, was won by Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, with a score of 4-over-par 76, and Kozak with her score of 7-over-par 79.
The International Junior Golf Tour will travel up to the Northeast area this weekend to host its second Summer Series event at Hershey Country Club, June 21-22. For more information about our Summer Series events, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
About the IJGT
The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– Final round results of the IJGT Summer Series conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed June 19, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72 (73.6/132).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72 (70.3/123). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,910 yards, Par 72 (74.7/128).
Weather:         Tuesday: Sunny and humid with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-10 mph
Wednesday: Sunny in the morning, scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 10-15 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Summer Series at Oyster Reef
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
June 18-19, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) 6,825 Yards, Par 72
1. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *81-77–158**
2. Phubodi Sirisilp, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-77–158
3. Elliot Johnson, Bluffton, SC *82-77–159
3. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-79–159
5. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-82–163
5. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *87-76–163
5. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *83-80–163
8. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *84-88–172
8. Ty Caron, Rifle, CO *89-83–172
10. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-85–177
11. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan *99-99–198
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Blue Tees) 6,187 Yards, Par 72
1. Zachary Diaz, Mobile, AL *115-107–222
2. Patrick Kridaratikorn, Lexington, MA *111-123–234
Girls Division – (White Tees) 5,910 Yards, Par 72
1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *81-83–164
2. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *89-79–168
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *95-95–190
**Won in a playoff